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New Metro Market opening Friday next to Augusta Common

METRO MARKET OFFERS FOOD, WINE AND MORE

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A new market opening Friday next to Augusta Common will let downtown shoppers purchase anything from a quick meal and a glass of wine to a tube of toothpaste.

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Craft beer and wine by the bottle and glass will be available for purchase at Metro Market in Augusta.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Craft beer and wine by the bottle and glass will be available for purchase at Metro Market in Augusta.

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After nine months of renovation, Sprint Food Stores Inc. will open its first Metro Market.

The downstairs portion of the 11,000-square-foot building at 851 Broad St. will sell grocery staples, toiletries, snacks, wine by the bottle and glass, craft beer and gourmet cheeses. The “high-end convenience store” also includes a frozen yogurt bar, a gourmet coffee area, and soda and slushy machines.

Touch-screen kiosks will allow shoppers to place orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner meals that will be prepared in an on-site kitchen and paid for at the counter.

“We’re hoping it’s not only there for convenience and necessity, but that it also kind of revitalizes some of downtown,” said Anna Felz, the director of marketing for Sprint Foods and the Metro Market.

The store will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, including a second-floor rooftop patio that overlooks the common.

Felz said the business’s liquor license allows customers to buy a wine bottle and consume it at the store. The bottle can be re-corked and taken with them if unfinished. Beer bottles from a pack also can be consumed at the market, and any remaining bottles can be taken home so long as they are unopened.

The Metro Market will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. The business hours, however, are flexible with downtown events, Felz said.

“Basically, with anything going on down here, we’ll be open,” she said.

Upstairs, the building will house the company’s support center, which has moved from Enterprise Mill, and a conference room that can be rented out for business meetings and luncheons. The Metro Market also offers catering services.

Sprint Foods purchased the Broad Street building for $235,000 in 2011.

The company operates 15 fuel stations and convenience stores across the area. The Broad Street store will not include a gas station.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Metro Market

WHERE: 851 Broad St.; next to Augusta Common

WHEN: The market will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m. until
3 p.m. Sunday

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/20/14 - 02:58 pm
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GLORY HALLELUYER! BROAD

GLORY HALLELUYER! BROAD STREET RISES AGAIN!

I'm kidding. Or not...

Butterman
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Butterman 08/20/14 - 06:12 pm
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Can you feel it?
Unpublished

Guess who just got a tingle up their leg.

restguy
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restguy 08/20/14 - 06:32 pm
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Great idea Sprint

Thinking outside or inside the box . Hope it does well.

Graymare
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Graymare 08/20/14 - 06:51 pm
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Great addition!

Great beginning! Let's all check it out!

countyman
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countyman 08/20/14 - 07:37 pm
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Sprint Food Metro Market

Let's hope the DDA, Arts Council, etc will form certain partnerships and sponsor a new festival/event..

The number of events on the common need to increase and they current events(movies on the common, candlelight jazz, etc) need additional promotion..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/14 - 09:51 pm
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Promotion

I guess the phrase "need additional promotion" means that the current events on the common are sparsely attended.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/20/14 - 10:48 pm
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I see plenty of folks

I see plenty of folks attending events at the Common. Now, whether or not those crowds are smaller than expected or not, I don't know. But all I know is unless they are the huge events like Westobou, Arts In The Heart, or the other big ones downtown, I don't hear much promotion of ANY events going on down that way. It's unfortunate because a lot of them seem like great things. My girlfriend and I went to Nacho Mama's for dinner Sunday night and noticed some sort of jazz concert going on. Quite a few people out there for it in their lawn chairs, but I had heard zero information about it. A shame because the band sounded great as we drove by, too.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/20/14 - 10:49 pm
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Just noticed the photo of a

Just noticed the photo of a pre-packaged turkey, ham and cheese sandwich. $6 bucks?! They're gonna have to do better than that.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/20/14 - 11:37 pm
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Not enough notice or not

Not enough notice or not enough participation? It is tough to put a lot of dollars into advertising when the general populace doesn't come out and support much. I can't tell you the number sparsely attended events I've been to over the years.

Proud2Serve
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Proud2Serve 08/23/14 - 02:04 am
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Anyone want to wager...

How long do you think until someone holds it up?

Honestly, the convenience of having a place downtown to grab some last minute items and some non-alcoholic drinks when you are out and about is a nice thing to have. Hopefully, they don't overprice themselves out of business before they get started.

There are quite a few residents within walking distance that could support this business. If they can keep the greed in check it will flourish.

ColCo
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ColCo 08/21/14 - 05:34 am
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Pricing

I'll bet the pricing is intentionally high so that certain elements aren't attracted to the store.

Fawkes
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Fawkes 08/21/14 - 06:06 am
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"Felz said the business’s

"Felz said the business’s liquor license allows customers to buy a wine bottle and consume it at the store. The bottle can be re-corked and taken with them if unfinished"

When did Thunderbird and MD20/20 start coming with a cork?

deestafford
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deestafford 08/21/14 - 07:48 am
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Great news!

Great news! I wish them well.

Notice how the touch screen has replaced the minimum wage order taker. This is what happens when the MW out prices the alternatives.

reader54
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reader54 08/21/14 - 08:22 am
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success

I wish for and predict great success! Keep pluggin away.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/21/14 - 08:41 am
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Coffee Bar

That is enticing & the sandwich at 6 bucks is really cheap...I wish them luck & many customers.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/14 - 09:26 am
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Ripple and Thunderbird Connoisseurs

Gives the people in East Richmond County who buy a bottle of wine and have to sit on the street somewhere to hang out.

lgr
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lgr 08/21/14 - 10:00 am
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ripple and thunderbird

not if they don't sell it. you are comparing this convenience store with the one in YOUR neighborhood

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/14 - 10:52 am
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Ripple and Thunderbird

LGR, do you know what's on their wine menu? I'm curious with this thing about being able to buy a bottle and drink in the store and take home what's left? The other Sprint Food Stores sell cheap wine, beer and lottery tickets. I'm just axing.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/21/14 - 11:14 am
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I can't see them having "get

I can't see them having "get high" wine to drink on premises. I envision a comfortable setting where you can sit down with some decent cheese or fruit and have a glass of decent wine.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/21/14 - 11:16 am
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Hooray for Little SoHo. They may just take over after all.
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Limb wrist and all. Their own little piece of S&G.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/14 - 02:22 pm
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IAD, I wonder if the menu

IAD, I wonder if the menu will be in French?

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